Best Apres Ski Destinations for 2015
Skiing in 2015? Check out this list of the Best Apres Ski Destinations for 2015 featuring the infamous Snowbombing music festival, snowboarding competitions and some of the world’s best bars and partying after a day on the slopes:
Music or comedy? You can take your pick at the fabulous Austrian resort of Mayrhofen. This year’s Altitude Comedy Festival takes place 23-27 March and includes a host of British top comedians including John Bishop, Al Murray, Marcus Brigstocke, Rob Beckett and many other award winning comedians. From 6-11 April it’s the Snowbombing party and music festival in an amazing variety of venues – live acts in an open forest, a spectacular fancy dress street party and don’t miss the incredible Arctic Disco igloo where even the bars are made from ice.
The World’s Ski Awards Best Ski Resort 2014 winner was Val Thorens in France and for good reason. There’s a superb variety of après ski entertainment to suit all tastes. You can take it easy at the ten-pin bowling alley, cinema, swimming pool or piano bar and for the ultimate in relaxation, you can even enjoy a well-earned pampering session at a luxury spa. If you still have the energy and want to party to the early hours, the resort is packed with exciting nightclubs and bars like the outrageous Café Snesko with live music every night and the extraordinary sight of the bar on fire – literally the hottest place in town!
Bansko in Bulgaria is fast becoming the place to be and has pulled out all the stops to attract fun-loving skiers from all over Europe. Their Horizon festival takes place from 7-13 March 2015 and is a music lover’s paradise with live acts covering House/Techno, Bass/Garage and Beats/Groove every night. Definitely the place for a hardcore, intense music experience and if you’re looking for value for money, this is it, with drinks around £2 and a meals from £5. To top up your energy levels, why not enjoy the traditional food and entertainment in one of the many fine bars and restaurants in the village.
Portes du Soleil
Why ski in one country when you can ski in two? The area borders France and Switzerland and includes 12 resorts, but only one ski pass is needed. Visit during 14-21 March for their Rock The Pistes festival and you’ll love the free live music with an international flavour. Gigs run into the night, but you won’t have to wait until you hang your skis up to join in, as there’s a daily midday concert right in the middle of the ski area.
The famous French resort of Alpe d’Huez must have one of the most amazing festivals around. This year’s Snowboxx festival runs during 21-28 March. Once you stop skiing, whatever you want, it’s here. You can be entertained by ski experts flying through the air with their dazzling array of moves, go ice skating, browse around the fantastic snow-covered winter markets, or take your pick from the many superb après ski music venues, from DJ’s to live acts all within easy reach. An unforgettable experience you just can’t miss.
After a hard day’s skiing in the Italian resort of Livigno, you’ll be looking forward to some exceptional après ski and what a choice you have. With around 140 places to drink, they say this resort has not only the most bars in Europe, but in the entire world! For meals, you can pick from over 60 restaurants oozing with that certain panache only the Italians can offer. All fantastic value too, as Livigno has the additional attraction of being a tax-free zone, which probably explains why there are over 250 shops full of tempting offers on designer fashion, jewellery, watches, perfumes, hi-tech goods, sports goods and souvenirs.
Arguably the most famous upmarket ski resort in the world, après ski in the Swiss village of St Moritz is full of chic, sophisticated bars, discos and lounges. If you visit the Hotel Waldhaus Am See for a warming whisky, you may there for a while as you have 2,500 brands to choose from at this, the largest whisky bar in the world. Enjoy the amazing variety of nightlife with top venues all within a comfortable stroll around the village centre.
The French resort of Chamonix is dominated by the breathtaking sight of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. To keep up that high standard, this resort has a fantastic mix of après ski venues where you’re sure to find something whatever your taste – dancing on tables, live music, DJ’s, cosy log fires, comedy nights and plenty of places to just relax. Take a tour of the bars and you’ll find you can stretch your ‘happy hour’ from 4pm – 10pm! Can’t miss that big game? Don’t worry, there are plenty of sports bars around.
For those who are looking for a long haul ski experience, try Whistler, one of Canada’s most prestigious resorts. Visit during 10-19 April and you’ll be there for their Ski & Snowboard festival where top snow athletes from all over the world demonstrate their sensational skills in a series of big money competitions. The opening party starts 10 April of course, but events run all week. Before you even hit the town, they set your adrenaline flowing with free daily concerts from 2.30pm – 5.30pm and there’s even a Dogfest where our canine friends show off their unique skills. An eclectic mix of spellbinding events and entertainment that’s hard to match anywhere in the world.Chris Hodges